Sophia Steeden - Hypnotherapist & Life Coach
My interest in Hypnotherapy and other alternative therapies such as N.L.P. (neuro linguistic programming), EMDR and Life Coaching, began many years ago when I developed a condition called Dystonia Spasmodic Torticollis. In very simple terms, the brain sends a continual message to a couple of muscle groups in my neck instructing them to turn right. As a Personal Assistant at the time, I found it more and more uncomfortable and painful to sit and work at a computer, and eventually resigned. Treatment works well at keeping this condition at a comfortable level now, but relaxation is very important too. As I had given up smoking with the help of Hypnotherapy, I wondered if it would help with relaxation and pain relief – it did. That was the turning point in my life and I retrained as a Hypnotherapist.
I gained the prestigious Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD), accredited by the National Hypnotherapy Council, and took additional certificates in N.L.P. and Stress Management, and since then have done further CPD (Continual Professional Development) courses in other areas such as EMDR, Life Coaching and have recently become a stress management trainer, running my own workshops for corporate organisations.
I find my job very satisfying, to be able to help others in achieving their goals from stop smoking, losing weight to boosting confidence/self-esteem and general motivation, to name but a few, all helps me to feel very positive about my future too.
I feel very passionately that we can all help ourselves quite easily, by taking time to stop and listen to what is going on in our mind and also taking control of our thoughts. After all, 'you are what you think', so if you think positively about yourself and the things and people around you it stands to reason that you will feel positive. On the flip side, if you think negatively then the reverse will happen and unhelpful patterns will surface in our behaviour. Sometimes it just takes a little help to achieve positive goals, and that’s where I come in!
Please contact me for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your particular concern. The list is endless but just a few of the areas that can easily and effectively be treated are: blushing, weight loss, smoking, sports performance, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, IBS, exam nerves, public speaking, phobias, anxiety, natural childbirth... I can also help you to work through past traumas and stresses, which will enable you to move forward in to a bright new future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with the Academy of Clinical & Medical Hypnosis Ltd, Science of Mind College, Thedominicbeirne School of Clinical Hypnosis & Psychotherapy, Caroline Taylor Reiki Master/Teacher and The Knowledge Academy to obtain the following externally accredited qualifications:
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD)
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Life Coaching
Certificate in Stress Management
Stress Management Diploma
Diploma in Nutrition
Diploma Advanced Weight Control & Hypnotic Stomach Banding
Mental Health First Aider - MHFA England
These qualifications are recognised and independently accredited by:
National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) ~ www.hypnotherapists.org.uk
National College of Further Education (NCFE) ~ www.ncfe.org.uk
General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) ~ www.ghsc.co.uk
Hypnotherapy Association (HA) ~ www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk
The International College of Holistic Medicine (ICHM) ~ www.intchm.net
UK Reiki Federation - www.reikifed.co.uk
Registered with The General Hypnotherapy Register - UK Reiki Federation
Validated by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
Registered as an approved CNHC practitioner as recommended by the Department of Health
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including hypnotherapy.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have one of the medical conditions starred above, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies or treatments.
Other areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Driving test success
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It is important for you to know how I can help you before you decide to go ahead, and I therefore offer a free initial consultation. There is no obligation for you to book a session for further treatment. Over 15 minutes or so, we can talk about what you are seeking help for, and how hypnotherapy, NLP and Life Coaching would be able to help. Most of all, it gives you an opportunity to meet with me and decide whether I am the right person for you. I always allow time after the consultation to go into a first session if you wish to proceed. However, as stated above there is no obligation to do this if you do not wish.
Sessions are approximately 60 minutes and usually a week apart. The number of sessions required can vary according to each individual and what we are working to achieve, but in most cases a course of three sessions is all that is necessary. The first three sessions are charged at £180 payable at the first meeting, which includes a discount of £15, as a normal one off session costs £65. Visit my website for full list of therapies used, treatments and fees.
I am based in Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7LP, and easily accessible by car from Andover, Winchester, Newbury, Basingstoke and all surrounding towns/villages. There is easy access to parking outside the practice or very close by.